Economy

Mumbulla Foundation signals a challenging future as 2019 grants announced
Community
A volunteer organisation, responsible for awarding $1.2 million in grants to community groups over the last 19 years has flagged concerns for its own future. "Over the last nineteen years, more than 290 organisation and groups across the Bega Valley have received support from the Mumbulla Foundation," says Michael Pryke, Chair, The Mumbulla Foundation. "But now the Mumbulla Foundation needs your help....
Have your say on proposed Merimbula Airport runway extension
News
The Merimbula Airport terminal upgrades are almost complete, with some finishing touches and car park work still in progress. Bega Valley Shire Council is keen to turn the communities thoughts to the next part of the airport upgrade - the proposed runway extension. The environmental impact statement is now available for public comment. Aviation experts Lambert and Rehbein, with a...
New drought hardy garden beds for veg at Moruya Community Garden
Community
The grounds of Moruya's Red Door Hall now have a community garden designed to cope with the dry times we live in. Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), received an IMB Bank Community Foundation grant of $20,000 which included establishing a Moruya Community Garden. 'Veggies For All' Coordinator Kathryn Maxwell says “Without this funding this amazing SAGE project would not...
Tiny house eatery Via Luna opens in Cobargo
Food & Wine
It may be small, but Cobargo's newest food outlet, a mobile kitchen and shopfront custom-built by Tiny Homes Tilba, has already had a big dose of community support. "People have really responded to it," says owner Lena Kuppens, who opened Via Luna for the first time last week with partner Harry Binnendijk. Lena and Harry are from the Netherlands originally...
The Tomakin garage sale that has raised $2 million for the Kids Cancer Centre
News
A $2 million celebration was held at The Rally for Recovery last Saturday. The milestone marked the amount of money raised for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and Kids Cancer Centre (KCC) - all from a modest shed in Tomakin. The Rally for Recovery has been raising funds for KCC since 2001. The Rally, as it is affectionately known, sells...
Bega Valley Year 10 students pitch solutions to real-world problems
News
The problem: Marley, from Wolumla, is 15 and wants to go to Merimbula to meet friends and go shopping. She's finding it hard to get lifts, she can't quite drive on her own and the bus service is infrequent. What can the community do to help Marley out? This week, almost 200 Year 10 students from Bega High School, Eden Marine...
Sea weed farms, surf board manufacturing, tiny house ownership – Bega Valley Innovation Hub creates economy of the future
Economy
The next wave of entrepreneurs has emerged from the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. Six unique ideas that span a range of needs and ambitions. The one common bond is that all are keen to grow the region's economy and employment opportunities. Last week's Pitch Final was the culmination of the 12-week business accelerator program through the University of Wollongong's (UoW)...
Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Community
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...
Ideas for driving emissions down to assist with Eurobodalla climate adaptation
Environment
With fires raging up and down the East Coast, temperature records being broken and our rivers running dry, many in the community are asking for action and leadership from all levels of government. Members of the Eurobodalla community have just attended a council workshop held in response to moves for Eurobodalla Shire Council to declare a climate emergency. Council’s Manager...
Southern Tablelands initiative recognised for innovative agriculture
Economy
With the implications of climate change growing louder in community consciousness, one group has been concentrating on land, soil and food production in innovative ways. ‘Land to Market Australia’ (L2MA), based on the NSW Southern Tablelands, has been named Grand Champion of the 2019 NSW Landcare Awards for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award. The 2019 Landcare Awards, presented...
Band Together 2 – “And it felt so good, I wanna do it again.”
News
There is something joyous and unworldly about 1,200 people singing 'Eagle Rock' in unison - without fault and without self-consciousness. Big events and culture do that. Band Together 2 and Ross Wilson did that last night (November 30). But only after a stellar line up of local and national acts had primed the audience of young and old. The day...
Fast rail strategy but high speed service still a way down the line for Goulburn
Opinion
Transport infrastructure and rail times in the Goulburn region were key issues in the closely fought battle for the seat of Goulburn in March, and with the NSW Government’s Fast Rail Strategy expected to be delivered before the end of 2019, all eyes are on what it might contain for the ACT and Goulburn region. The Southern Corridor, which includes...
Moruya and Bega students join School Strike 4 Climate on Friday
Environment
Far South Coast students will join in with the global movement 'School Strike 4 Climate' this Friday in Moruya and Bega. Students are calling for urgent political action on climate change in solidarity with bushfire victims. Local Moruya students have organised a sit-in at the Eurobodalla Council chambers. Strikers are asked to bring an eco-friendly picnic and loose change to...
How #buyfromthebush has become a lifeline for rural businesses
Community
In the midst of one of the worst droughts in history, Grace Brennan decided something needed to be done to save rural communities struggling to survive and make ends meet. And so the #buyfromthebush initiative was born. Buy from the Bush encourages Australians to buy local, and often artisanal products from drought-stricken communities to help country towns that are doing...
Disco Inferno fires up diversity and acceptance this Saturday in Bega
Community
A celebration and acknowledgment of the region's growing diversity will come together under the mirror ball this Saturday (November 30) for Disco Inferno! Bega Pride are hosting their first LGBTQIA and friends dance at the Bega Country Club from 7.30 pm until midnight. Renowned Sydney DJ Ruby Red is coming to town to pump out her famous mix of disco...
NSW Governor and ANU Vice-Chancellor drop in ahead of Twofold 40th
News
There is no mid-life crisis brewing at Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, instead, the organisation is approaching its 40th birthday celebrations with more energy, direction, and vigour than ever. In the last fortnight, Twofold has played host to the NSW Governor, Margaret Beazley and leaders from the Australian National University in Canberra, all in the run-up to this Saturday's community birthday celebration....
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